Mo Trafeh Over Meb Keflezighi, Adriana Nelson over Desi Davila at 2013 USA Half Marathon Championships

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by: USATF Communications
June 22, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – Pushing the early pace, Mo Trafeh continued his successful 2013 USA Running Circuit campaign, setting a course record and winning the men’s title at the USA Half Marathon Championships Saturday morning in Duluth, Minnesota, hosted by the Grandma’s Marathon.

The USA Half Marathon Championships are the sixth stop on the USA Running Circuit, which will conclude this fall with the .US National Road Racing Championships. The top ten finishers at today’s race qualified to compete for national honors at the the .US National Road Racing Championships.

Trafeh pushed the pace early in the foggy, cool morning in Duluth. Passing through the first mile mark in 4:21, the field strung out quickly, with Trafeh finding himself running alongside only three other runners. Olympian Meb KeflizighiJosphat Boit and Shadrack Biwott held strong, as Trafeh continued to push the pace, passing through the two mile mark in 8:56.

As the pace started to settle a bit, Trafeh and Keflizighi began to pull away, the early pace obviously taking it’s toll on Boit and Biwott. From the halfway point to nearly the finish line, Trafeh and Keflizighi would challenge each other running side-by-side.

As the two runners neared the finish, Trafeh made a slight move that Keflizighi simply couldn’t cover. Trafeh, the freshly minted USA 25 km record holder, surged to the finish to win his second consecutive USARC title, crossing the finish in a new course record time of 1:01:17. Keflezighi finished a strong second in 1:01:22.

Adriana Nelson After USA Champs

Adriana Nelson After USA Champs. More on here win here

Trafeh’s win pushes him atop of the USARC standings, well ahead of runner-up Ben True (21 points) with 33 points. There are five races left to go in the 2013 USARC racing calendar.

Rounding out the top five, Oregon-based Biwott finished third in 1:02:24, Timothy Ritchie finished fourth in 1:02:29, while Boit finished fifth in 1:02:32. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman finished sixth overall in 1:02:57, while 2013 Team USA cross country athlete Bobby Mack finished seventh in 1:13:10.

In the women’s race, Boulder-based standout Adriana Nelson took the lead from the start and never looked back. Running the first mile in 5:16, Nelson immediately distanced herself from the field, putting 13 seconds on her closest competitors. Her lead would grow to nearly 50 seconds by the five mile mark.

As the chase pack passed through the 5.5 mile mark, Olympian Desiree Davila and Serena Burlastarted to close the gap on Nelson. Coming through seven miles, Nelson’s lead shrunk to 35 seconds and by nine miles it was down to 14 seconds.

Davila made a break and positioned herself solely in second, as Burla, 2012 USA Half Marathon Championship runner-up Maegan Krifchin, Minnesota-based Kelly BrinkmanMattie Suver andStephanie Rothstein-Bruce packed together to continue to push the pace and make up ground on Nelson.

At 10 miles, Davila was only seven seconds behind Nelson, but Nelson found another gear and grew her lead back to 11 seconds by the 12 mile mark. With the finish in sight, Nelson charged to the line, as the 33 year old won her first U.S. title in 1:11:19. Following closely behind, Davila crossed second in 1:11:26, while Brinkman finished a surprising third in 1:11:33.

Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce finished fourth in 1:11:38, while Suver finished fifth in 1:11:56. Suver’s six point gain in the USARC standings, giving her 28 total points, moved her into a tie for second overall with Brianna Nelson, who scored her own three points in the USARC standings with her eighth place performance of 1:12:23.

Contributed by Scott Bush

Men’s Results:

Mohamed Trafeh28DuarteCA1/1931:01:16.3
Meb Keflezighi38San DiegoCA2/1931:01:22.0
Shadrack Biwott28EugeneOR3/1931:02:24.0
Timothy Ritchie25BrightonMA4/1931:02:28.9
Josphat Boit29Mammoth LakesCA5/1931:02:31.5
Abdi Abdirahman36TucsonAZ6/1931:02:56.6
Bobby Mack28RaleighNC7/1931:03:09.2
Ian Burrell28TucsonAZ8/1931:03:12.5
Scott Wietecha31HendersonvilleTN9/1931:03:12.8
Christopher Barnicle26Mammoth LakesCA10/1931:03:14.1
Tyler McCandless26BoulderCO11/1931:03:15.7
Sergio Reyes31Los OsosCA12/1931:03:16.4
Carlos Trujillo27MiddletonID13/1931:03:18.2
Andy Wacker24BoulderCO14/1931:03:25.9
Ahmed Osman25FlagstaffAZ15/1931:03:38.4
Mikhail Sayenko28BellevueWA16/1931:03:39.6
Ricky Flynn25LynchburgVA17/1931:03:44.5
Zachary Hine25BoulderCO18/1931:03:57.5
Craig Leon28EugeneOR19/1931:04:01.5
Joe Moore29MinneapolisMN20/1931:04:05.2
Dan Kremske24WoodstockIL21/1931:04:08.4
Josh Eberly32GunnisonCO22/1931:04:08.9
Danny Mercado25FlagstaffAZ23/1931:04:13.0
Andrew Carlson31MinneapolisMN24/1931:04:14.3
Eric Loeffler36FargoND25/1931:04:30.8
Christian Thompson24CandorNY26/1931:04:31.1
Kevin Castille41NicholasvilleKY27/1931:04:31.9
Mike Morgan33Oakland TownshipMI28/1931:04:34.8
Nicholas Arciniaga29FlagstaffAZ29/1931:04:36.6
Enoch Nadler27RichardsonTX30/1931:04:37.2
Brendan Martin24RochesterMI31/1931:04:37.7
Eric Finan24CincinnatiOH32/1931:04:42.5
Ethan Shaw23Rochester HillsMI33/1931:04:44.7
Paul Limpf26CheneyWA34/1931:04:45.9
Daniel Wallace-Periac26NyackNY35/1931:04:46.1
Gian-Paul Caccia27New YorkNY36/1931:04:46.8
Drew Polley27RochesterMI37/1931:04:50.5
Abdelaaziz Atmani31IndianapolisIN38/1931:04:51.6
Robert Scribner27Rochester HillsMI39/1931:04:52.2
Jason Ordway25DaytonOH40/1931:05:02.5
Malcolm Richards30San FranciscoCA41/1931:05:07.4
Kenyon Neuman26BoulderCO42/1931:05:16.5
Daniel Tapia26CastrovilleCA43/1931:05:20.7
Tyler Sigl27Green BayWI44/1931:05:43.5
Andrew Foxenberg28ChittenangoNY45/1931:05:44.2
Josh Simpson29MorgantownWV46/1931:05:50.7
David Fuentes26AustinTX47/1931:05:52.0
Kevin Pool30FolsomCA48/1931:05:52.7
Bryant Jensen29OgdenUT49/1931:05:57.2
Sean Burris30MariettaGA50/1931:05:59.4

Women’s Results:

Adriana Nelson33BoulderCO1/461:11:18.3
Desiree Davila29Washington TownshiMI2/461:11:25.3
Kelly Brinkman32BloomingtonMN3/461:11:32.8
Stephanie Rothstein Bruce29FlagstaffAZ4/461:11:37.5
Mattie Suver25JelmWY5/461:11:55.2
Maegan Krifchin25DewittNY6/461:12:05.0
Serena Burla30Falls ChurchVA7/461:12:13.5
Brianne Nelson32GoldenCO8/461:12:22.5
Michelle Frey31MinneapolisMN9/461:12:33.5
Wendy Thomas34WindsorCO10/461:13:16.8
Katie McGregor35St. Louis PkMN1/61:13:18.1
Sarah Crouch23Blowing RockNC11/461:13:33.3
Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz32BroomfieldCO12/461:13:50.6
Ladia Albertson-Junkans27MinneapolisMN13/461:13:58.9
Melissa Johnson-White32Lake OrionMI14/461:14:09.4
Esther Erb27Blowing RockNC15/461:14:34.8
Stephanie Price23MinneapolisMN16/461:14:38.7
Nicole Camp27Cleveland HeightsOH17/461:14:41.0
Marci Gage25BendOR18/461:14:48.5
Sarah Cummings24New YorkNY19/461:15:03.8
Sheri Piers42FalmouthME1/21:15:06.6
Jodie Robertson28MelvilleNY20/461:15:27.0
Dani Fischer24Eau ClaireWI21/461:15:45.9
Joanna Zeiger43BoulderCO2/21:16:09.8
Atalelech Asfaw30AlbuquerqueNM22/461:16:28.0
Kimi Reed25Brookline StationMO23/461:16:32.5
Dawn Grunnagle35DallasTX2/61:16:56.8
Lauren Johnson34PortlandOR24/461:17:06.0
Rachel Jaten37SpokaneWA3/61:17:12.5
Kristina Vegh29CaryNC25/461:17:12.5
Deanna Ardrey30BoulderCO26/461:17:14.1
Jane Vongvorachoti29WoodsideNY27/461:17:15.1
Becki Spellman29AkronOH28/461:17:38.7
Emily Daum26San AntonioTX29/461:17:48.5
Laura Paulsen24MinneapolisMN30/461:18:14.7
Stefanie Slekis25TallahasseeFL31/461:18:22.0
Heidi Greenwood28ClevelandOH32/461:18:25.5
Emma Lee22St PaulMN33/461:18:29.4
Lisa Baumert26MinneapolisMN34/461:18:46.6
Rebecca Mishler26MeridianID35/461:18:50.6
Raquel Stucky37Pretty PrairieKS4/61:19:03.8
Elizabeth Herndon27KnoxvilleTN36/461:19:09.9
Renee High31Virginia BeachVA37/461:19:43.2
Holly Nearman27MilwaukeeWI38/461:19:51.4
Ellen Ries26Des MoinesIA39/461:20:14.8
Kim Pawelek Brantly39JacksonvilleFL5/61:20:18.2
Jillian Tholen25MinneapolisMN40/461:20:19.3
Caitlin Bullock27CharlotteNC41/461:20:19.5
Melissa Gacek37White Bear LakeMN6/61:20:25.3
Bridget Easley32LincolnNE42/461:20:34.7





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